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Revision as of 18:49, 23 January 2022

This page is for the original 1988 game. For the 2020 remaster, see Wasteland Remastered.

Wasteland cover
Interplay Entertainment
Patched digital re-release Square One Games
Retail Electronic Arts
Digital inXile Entertainment
Release dates
DOS 1988
Windows (DOSBox) November 13, 2013[1]
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) November 13, 2013[1]
Linux (DOSBox) November 13, 2013[1]
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Perspectives First-person, Top-down view
Genres Open world, RPG
Themes North America, Post-apocalyptic, Sci-fi
Series Wasteland
Wasteland on HowLongToBeat
Wasteland on IGDB
Wasteland on MobyGames
Wasteland on Wikipedia
Wasteland 1988
Wasteland 2 2014
Wasteland Remastered 2020
Wasteland 3 2020

Key points

DOS version requires the manual for game progression as key story elements and events are related through the manual instead of in game.
DOS version only allows one save slot.

General information

Wasteland Wiki
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Mods roundup


Version differences

The original retail version is a DOS game and requires the manual to progress.
The Interplay 10 Year Anthology version lacks the setup program for resetting the game to the default state while optionally keeping characters and their stats. The Unofficial Wasteland Reset Program provides this missing feature.
Digital distribution versions use a custom build of DOSBox with new features such as showing description paragraphs in-game when prompted to read the manual.

Essential improvements


Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\inXile entertainment\Wasteland\
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Linux <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\inXile entertainment\Wasteland\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Wasteland
Linux ~/.wasteland/

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
320x200 only.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Uses only PC Speaker for audio (mono channel).
Everything is text-based.
Closed captions
See note above.
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed

Crash when using mouse

This fix will likely be incorporated into a later patch.[citation needed]
Modify executable file[2]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open DATA\WLA.BIN with a hex editor such as HxD.
  3. Go to offset 0x5e5.
  4. Change 77 1F to EB 1F.


This disables a wait loop that could continue infinitely.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes EGA, CGA, Tandy Also supports composite modes for Tandy and CGA.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 3.0
Processor (CPU) Intel 8088
System memory (RAM) 256 KB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 MB
Video card (GPU) CGA, EGA, Tandy
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 100 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7.0 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 100 MB
Video card (GPU) On-board Intel GFX
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 100 MB


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS game data.